The flyweight belt at Global Knockout (GKO) found a rightful owner at GKO 8, and the conclusion of GKO 9’s main event on March 18, 2017 will reveal whether the 125-pound strap stays near its new Northern California home or travels to New Mexico when Joseph ‘Bopo’ Morales (7-0) defends his title against Jordan Espinosa (9-4)
November 19, 2016 marks the day Morales planted his Team Alpha Male flag into GKO’s Flyweight Title, defeating Josh Paiva (8-2) by way of unanimous decision. With a well-rounded game, strong enough to crush diamonds, Morales manipulated every position to his advantage and exited the cage ten-pounds heavier and prepared to offer the vacant GKO belt residence in his team’s lair, a gym glowing with champions.
Playing the role of spoiler isn’t anything new to Espinosa. He also added, like Morales, some championship hardware to his resume after a unanimous decision win over Brett Roller (10-11), wrapping himself in the Rocky Mountain Bantamweight Title. Traveling by plane from Luttrell’s MMA in New Mexico to Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort for GKO 9, Espiona’s high from a five-fight win-streak flew at an even greater altitude.
Currently, Tapology (www.tapology.com) ranks Morales as the second best flyweight in ‘The Golden State,’ and Espinosa is at the top of the list from the boxy borders of his Southwestern territory. Whether the contest occurred in the regional setting, such as GKO 9, or on a worldwide stage, the careers of Morales and Espinosa were destined for a collision course.